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tonight, several developing stories as we come on. the deadly attack on an american campus. the suspect targeting victims with a large hunting knife. the images coming in now. also, we have new video tonight. the moment the deadly shooting rampage breaks out. the gunman sitting in a chair at a party opening fire. what was said as he was firing. and what we've now learned about the gunman. the paramedic shot while trying to save a life. >> we've got shots fired. male walking with a rifle. >> authorities using a robot late today to get to the suspect. the deadly tornado outbreak across several states. there are tornado watches tonight in the northeast. as we come on. the rescues, the baby and toddler trapped in an overturned car. president trump on north korea's kim jong-un. the president saying he would be, quote, honored to meet him. and cabin chaos. more than two dozen passengers bloodied and with broken bones
when their boeing 777 hits severe turbulence. good evening and it's great to have you us with on a very busy monday night. we begin with that tragedy on campus. a student armed with a unt heing knife taking aim. the violent attack unfolding at the university of texas, at austin. a young man, 21 years old targeting multiple victims. . the suspect surrounded within minutes. a large knife hanging at his side but not before he got to several people. apparently at random. abc's clayton sandell. >> reporter: chaos on a college campus tonight. >> three patients that have been stabbed. one in the neck. utpd is pursuing the suspect at this time. >> reporter: the stabbing spree starting just after 1:45. blood spattered on the pavement. police say that suspect calmly walked around this plaza
at the university of austin, suddenly attacking people with a large hunting knife. >> he walked up to this guy that was just within arm's length of me and grabbed him by the shoulder and stabbed him in the back. >> reporter: just two minutes after the violence erupted, officers taking the suspect down. >> let me see your other hand. put it straight out in front of you. do not move or you will be tased. >> reporter: police say he is kendrex white, a student at ut-austin. handcuffed and pinned to a vehicle, the sheath for his large knife seen at his side. he allegedly stabbed four students, one of those victims didn't survive. >> at this time we have stopped cpr due to injuries incompatible with life. >> it breaks my heart to have to this. >> cancel classes cancelled. police say that white is interrogated by detectives tonight but he's not saying much. that alleged mote sieve still a big question mark tonight. what police will say the suspect apparently had no connection to
his victims. >> clayton, thank you. new images of a moment of a man sitting at a pool party calmly pulls out a gun and starts shooting. shooting seven people, killing one of them. taking the time at one point to reload. authorities say as he was doing it he was on the phone with his girlfriend making her listen to what he was doing. abc's matt gutman on the scene in la jolla. >> reporter: tonight, that first glimpse of the man who terrorized this upscale san diego apartment complex. you can see the shooter peter selis, feet up on that lounge chair. then casually pointing his gun. seconds later -- a shot. just after 6:00 p.m. sunday, police say selis had emptied at least one full clip at the partygoers around this pool. >> we literally saw people jumping out from the fences and running away like crazy. >> reporter: in the panic, chairs tossed into the water.
blood everywhere. >> we need an ambulance! >> reporter: 6:13 p.m., police arrive on scene, a police chopper spotting the suspect. >> two to three people down. the suspect is reloading in the pool area. white male, 40. >> reporter: seconds later, officers close in. >> drop the gun! >> reporter: police say selis fires and officers return fire. selis was pronounced dead at the scene, and around him, carnage. and terror. clong student kaela wong got trapped in this jacuzzi. >> he told people if they wanted to live they should leave, and he said, "if you stay you die." >> reporter: one woman was killed. and six others were shot, all of them people of color. but tonight, police say it wasn't race, but the 49-year-old mechanic's breakup with his girlfriend, that triggered that
rampa rampage. >> selis stayed on the phone, talking to his ex-girlfriend as he continued to fire his weapon. it is apparent that selis wanted his ex-girlfriend to listen in as he carried out his rampage. >> matt gutman joins us from the scene. at first there was talk this was a hate crime police don't believe that was the motive? >> reporter: that's right, david, right now police are calling this a quote spontaneous act of violence. they say there's no indication that race played any role here. they say those victims just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. david. >> matt gutman in california, thank you, matt. one more scene and this one from dallas tonight. a paramedic trying to save a life was targeted and shot. tonight he's in critical condition. he responded to a call to a threat. he came under fire himself. a man with a rifle seen leaving the scene. authorities sent in a robot that captured images of the suspect already dead.
along with the body of another man. we turn next tonight to a deadly tornado outbreak across several states. tornadoes already reported from texas to illinois. at least 17 dead now. this ef-3 with 140 mile an hour winds on the ground for 55 miles. abc meteorologist rob marciano in fruitville, texas, tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the system that brought deadly tornadoes to texas now targeting tens of millions in the east. >> we're outside eustace, texas. >> reporter: just after those tornadoes tore through, tom mitchell discovering this truck overturned in rushing water, and a family of four trapped inside. >> oh, my god! somebody go through the back seat! >> reporter: with tornadic storms still swirling overhead, good samaritans racing against time. >> call 911! get him! >> we've got a baby! call 911! >> reporter: mitchell puts down his phone and starts giving the infant cpr. >> let him breathe, lord!
>> please lord. >> let him breath, lord! >> reporter: tonight, the ocheltree family recovering, mom emily with a message for their >> thank you so much for everything you did and helping someone you didn't even know. >> reporter: just a few miles away, a high school prom taking a direct hit. this new well-built venue nearly flattened by the tornado. the 20 people inside, cramming into a small closet and bathrooms buried underneath that rubble, all survived, with no injuries. >> we're not really new to tornadoes, but one of this magnitude, with a 50-mile swath, is just unbelievable. >> reporter: along with tornadoes, torrential flooding rain. parts of the region getting nearly a foot in the last three days. >> rob marciano with us tonight from texas. rob, we can see the devastating scene there behind you. now the threat moves up to the northeast? >> reporter: it does. the same storms country. let's look at the radar.
it shows you that line plus the watches. be aware these storms packing 77, 78 miles per hour winds. they'll make their way across i-95. wind behind that and across the heartland, the rivers will continue to rise. here in texas, they'll recover for the five tornadoes that hit in the same within two hours. incredible, david. >> a huge line of storms tonight. we move next to president trump and what he said about north korea leader kim jong-un. amid rising tensions the president now saying, he quote, be honored to meet with the north korean dictator. abc's jon karl pressing the white house today if the president really meant he would be honored. >> reporter: a stark warning from president trump on the threat by north korea to the u.s. troops in the region and beyond. >> nobody's safe. who's safe?
the guy's got nuclear weapons. if he gets the long-range missiles we're not safe either. >> reporter: the president said he's open to the idea of meeting with north korean dictator kim jong-un. he told bloomberg under the right circumstances, quote, i would be honored to do it. this person has starved his own people and threatened to destroyed the united states. just last week he put out a video of the capitol getting destroyed by the missiles. >> the president understands the threat that north korea poses and he'll do what ever is necessarily under the right circumstances to protect the country. >> how can that be an honor. >> i guess, because he's still the head of a state. there's a diplomatic piece -- >> reporter: but sean spicer made it clear the conditions are nowhere right for a meeting any time soon. as kim released those videos
showing the destruction of the capitol and u.s. cities. there have been missile tests, preparations for a possible nuclear test and now the uss carl vinson strike group is in the region and on high alert. still, despite the heightened tension, trump is offering some striking praise for the young dictator. >> at a very young age he was able to assume power. and he was able to do it. so, obviously he's a pretty smart cookie. >> what did he mean when he called him a pretty smart cookie. >> he assumed power at a young age when his father passed away. lot of potential threats could have come his way. he managed to lead the country forward. >> to guard against the north korean threat, the president is also reaching out and offering kind words to another controversial asian strongman,
ph philippine president, rodrigo duterte. he once referred to president obama as quote, the son of a where. he has a very high approval rating in the philippines, trump told bloomberg. the president invited him to the white house. >> jon karl joins us tonight. the president of the philippines not ready to commit. jon, as you know, trump raising eyebrows in another interview. the president speaking about his admiration of president andrew jackson. saying he would have been able to prevent the civil war. there were questions about this. >> had andrew jackson been a little later you wouldn't have had the civil war. he was really angry that he was saw what happened with regard to the civil war. think about it, why?
people don't ask that question, but why was there the civil war? why could that one not have been worked out? >> jon, some historians are scratching their head over this. >> it's unclear how jackson would have prevented the civil war had he been alive. he died 16 years before the civil war started. he was a southerner and david he was an unapologetic slave owner. >> jon, thank you. the new effort to repeal and replace obamacare. republicans hoping for a new vote this week. among the big questions, even as the president said pre-existing conditions will be covered, will it allow states to opt out of pre-existing coverage. abc's mary bruce with a reality check tonight. >> reporter: a possible vote on health care the president insists the gop plan will protect americans with pre-existing conditions. >> pre-existing conditions are
in the bill. and i mandated it. >> reporter: it's one of the few obamacare provisions the president said he would keep. >> are you going to make sure that people with pre-conditions are still covered? >> yes, because it happens to be one of the strongest assets. >> reporter: the bill his party is pushing tonight actually allows states to opt out of the obamacare requirement. republicans made the change to win over ultra conservative. in some states it could allow insurers to charge more -- a lot more. according to the ama, the republican plan could make coverage completely unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions. the president said there would be additional changes. >> one of fixes that was discussed pre-existing was optional for the state. >> sure. they're changing it and changing it. >> reporter: no word on those
changes yet. house republicans have been optimistic that a vote on a current plan could come this week. >> progress is coming on health care. >> it's a winner and everybody will settle down. we'll get it right. >> reporter: one prominent med rate said the current bill just doesn't cut it. >> the health care law is surntly not working. but this health care replacement still has serious flaws. house republicans still hoping for a vote this week. >> the white house says they have the votes. david, there's still no votes scheduled here and house republican leaders insist there won't be one until they're sure the bill will pass. it still faces a huge uphill battle in the senate. david. >> you'll be watching, mary we should mentioned tonight we just landed back in new york late today after traveling to africa, this evening four countries are on the brink of famine. true devastation, 20 million people now at risk.
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this is abc7 news. loud but peaceful protests across the bay area today. even ed lee joined in on the annual may day protest and they're not over yet. this is a live look from sky 7 of the protests taking place right now in oakland's fruitvale district. you can see they will with their signs. >> today's protests focused on the environment, police and especially immigration. we have team coverage of all the protests, beginning laura anthony in oakland. >> reporter: hi, i'm here at fruitvale village. check out this crowd. these folks began gathering before 3:00. this is a main event in a day of protests near oakland. in a few minutes we understand they'll begin marching. they'll end up at a park with a mile and a half from here. earlier there was a blockade of the alameda county building.
four people were arrested when they tried to unfurl a banner after getting inside the building and past security. >> it was a loud demonstration that lasted about three hours at the alameda county building in downtown oakland. the chaining of the front doors was mostly symbolic. >> we are here to show solidarity with immigrants and those most affected by the militarized police force here and across the country. >> the first step that it can take toward that is to stop its collaboration to exert control over the sheriff and demand that he stop collaborating with i. krerks. >> we don't collaborate with i.c.e. we're not involved with front line immigration